Emily Reese Feature Archive

Learning to Listen — a new series from Classical MPR, hosted by Emily Reese — is an hour devoted to exploring classical music for learning and appreciation. This week, it's back to school, and thousands of Minnesota children and young adults will dust off their instruments and start learning new music — especially in band. That's why our focus this week is music for wind ensembles. (09/09/2013)
The Washington Metro Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a brand new all-volunteer ensemble devoted entirely to performing orchestral arrangements of video game music. (09/05/2013)
Composer James Hannigan wrote music for <i>Dead Space 3</i>; an ominous score for a terrifying game. (08/29/2013)
British composer James Hannigan has scored just about every type of game imaginable, from the final four 'Harry Potter' games to terrifying 'Dead Space 3'. We talked about his newest project, a big online fantasy game called 'RuneScape 3'. (08/22/2013)
Even though it's been out for a month, the game 'DotA 2' is still a work in progress. Composer Tim Larkin started writing music for the game more than two years ago -- and he's not done yet. (08/15/2013)
There are literally dozens of Star Trek games, spun off from the television series that started in 1966, yet no one's ever released a soundtrack from those games... until now. (08/08/2013)
If you needed to write music that sounded Russian, where would you start? Composer Cris Velasco talks Company of Heroes 2 on Top Score from Classical MPR. (08/01/2013)
Halo is back, with a new platform and a new composer dedicated to preserving the iconic sound of the series, Tom Salta. (07/18/2013)
The difficult decisions players must make in Heavy Rain are underscored by a gorgeous soundtrack, written by French-Canadian film composer Normand Corbeil. (07/03/2013)
Paris may be best well-known as the City of Lights, but French composer Olivier Deriviere turns it into a city of memories in the new game <em>Remember Me</em>. (06/27/2013)
Composer Jason Graves explains the musical themes he created for "Tomb Raider" on the new episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. (06/19/2013)
Composer Grant Kirkhope lets his British roots shine in his score for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. (06/13/2013)
How do I feel about composer Garry Schyman's score to the new BioShock Infinite? Put it on a stage and let me hear it live, over and over... and over... and over... (06/06/2013)
Inspired by music from the era of silent film, Austin Wintory's score for Monaco: What's Yours is Mine features improvisational ragtime piano. (05/31/2013)
There are pieces of music that changed the course of music as we know it, and then there's Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. (05/28/2013)